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About being reconsidered and being in a select group being reconsidered and asking about your continued interest??

They got me all excited even though I had just about given up on them.

20 or 30 bucks? where?! i saw it for80 i think on

Look at Ebay.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How much use will my laptop get?
« on: June 18, 2006, 03:10:40 AM »
I'm definitely going to invest in a nice laptop. But what I'm wondering is whether to get/build a desktop for entertainment purposes (when I do get the time). This way, I won't have any videos, games or music clog up my notebook and also decrease incidences of crap being installed on my notebook. Any suggestions?

That's what I'm doing.

Laptops aren't meant for entertainment/gaming although they are marketing them that way now.  It's a TON cheaper to use a desktop for that, and I think desktops also hold up longer than laptops (probably means more when you are maxing it out on gaming too), so I think the extra desktop for those is a great idea.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: June 18, 2006, 03:07:56 AM »
#1. First call your school, they will tell you if it's required or not.

#2. It seems as if it's pretty damn necessary, both for notes and for test-taking especially.

#3. Law School will probably be costing you quite a bit of money, maybe even up to $50k for the first year, the price of a laptop is small considering this.

Price is not really an issue for me, I have a lot of $$$ from where I am going to LS. The issue is more that I am used to taking notes in class, not typing them, and although I'm not great at shorthand, I'm better at writing real fast than typing real fast.

I bought the computer and I know I will use it for tests, I wonder just how much I will actually use it in class though. I tried taking notes on my laptop once in college and I hated it.  :-\

Well then it's not required for class, I've definately heard of people still writing out notes, but I think it's worth it to have with all the computer needs you will have, tests, papers requiring typing and research needing computers/online sites.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: June 17, 2006, 08:41:26 PM »
I almost just bought an m1210...I don't know, I hate that IBM pointer thing. I like touchpads better.

Do you REALLY need a laptop for law school?

Yes, haven't you watched Legally Blonde?

Yes but why do you need it? My friend is in medical school, he uses a pen and paper.

It doesn't matter, I just ordered it. I just hope I like it.

#1. First call your school, they will tell you if it's required or not.

#2. It seems as if it's pretty damn necessary, both for notes and for test-taking especially.

#3. Law School will probably be costing you quite a bit of money, maybe even up to $50k for the first year, the price of a laptop is small considering this.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: June 17, 2006, 08:39:52 PM »
Why does no one consider the HPs?

i can get this one thru my Dad's work:

HP/Compaq n6220
Intel Pentium M 750 - 1.86Ghz
14.1 SXGA+ display
60GB HD (5400 rpm)
1024MB DDRII Ram (2 DIMMs)
DVD+RW drive
64MB integrated video
Intel 802.11
XP Pro
3 yr warranty
5.1 pounds

for $1,133

Will this be good enough for law school/the general internet, DVD watching usage?
Should I shop around or is this a good deal?

I never heard of them being that amazing, and that price is quite high.

I don't have my specs, but I can tell you they are much better, for one thing mine is dual-core, and I paid around $850 (Dell).

Incoming 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: June 16, 2006, 07:25:57 PM »
I just got my new laptop from Dell on Wednesday.  (I kinda don't like it
very much)

what model?  what don't you like?

E1505.  It just seems huge.  But I've been told 8 times since Wednesday that it's just me. 

It is a little big...although huge is probably a bit exagerated.  I got the E1405 and I love the size, but I don't think it's THAT much lighter than the 1505.
I would shoot for the 1405's size unless there's a specific reason you want the 1505 (price or video card/other hardware not available on the 1405).

Also, there are definately plenty of decent backpacks/bags that don't seem that huge that will hold the larger 1505 screen.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: June 16, 2006, 07:23:51 PM »
Alright, the time has come to buy a crappy PC notebook that will last me for one year.  Can the techie people help me understand what some of this stuff is? 

And remember: I don't care about any bells and whistles. I simply want to take notes and exams, and check email.  It would be better if it died completely after a year, because then I won't hear it from my parents about buying the Macbook I really want (I'm waiting for Leopard before buying).

Therefore, I am considering this guy: Compaq/HP V2000Z (I guess Compaq and HP merged at some point, huh?)

Here are the options I don't know what to get:


AMD Sempron(TM) 3100+ (1.8GHz/256KB L2 Cache)

AMD Sempron(TM) 3300+ (2.0GHz/128KB L2 Cache)
  Significantly improves system performance
AMD Turion(TM) 64 ML-34 (1.8GHz/1MB L2 Cache)
  Exceptional performance, power, and reliability

AMD Turion(TM) 64 ML-37 (2.0GHz/1MB L2 Cache)

Advanced performance and multitasking with most software applications

Graphics Card   

ATI RADEON(R) XPRESS 200M w/productivity ports



256MB DDR SDRAM (1x256MB)


512MB DDR SDRAM (2x256MB)

in price
512MB DDR SDRAM (1x512MB)
Boosts overall system performance! An empty slot leaves room to upgrade in the future!

1.0GB DDR SDRAM (2x512MB)
HP recommended for faster system performance when running multiple applications.

1.0GB DDR SDRAM (1x1024MB)
HP recommended for faster system performance when running multiple applications

Hard Drive   
40 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive
60 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive
in price

80 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive
80 GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive
A faster-spinning hard drive increases productivity

100 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive
Stores more applications, music, games, photos, movies
120 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive

Primary CD/DVD Drive    
8X DVD Drive
FREE Upgrade from DVD to DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive!!
Watch DVD movies and make your own music CDs (most CDs hold about 80 minutes' of music or 700MB of data)
in price

Super Multi 8X DVD+/-R/RW w/Double Layer Support
LightScribe Super Multi 8X DVD+/-RW w/Double Layer
Label discs by burning silkscreen-quality graphics on them

Integrated 56K Modem + 10/100 Ethernet LAN
in price
54g(TM) 802.11b/g WLAN w/ 125HSM/SpeedBooster(TM)

54g(TM) Integ. Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN & Bluetooth

Primary Battery   
6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
in price
12 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
Extra 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery

Get two 6-cell batteries so that you'll always have a spare handy!
Extra 12 Cell Lithium Ion Battery

Get two 12-cell batteries so that you'll always have enough power!

It's $600 as I configured it, plus $150 for Microsoft Office... can you get that cheaper through a school, do you think?  And do you really need security software?

I would get the options that I underlined.  I recommend a 64 bit processor to future proof yourself, and aside from that the cache is much bigger.  The cache is where the computer stores information that is accessed frequently and you can improve performance ever so slightly by increasing that. 

I don't know what the productivity ports do.

The importance of RAM is huge.  I will not get any less than 1.5 GB in my computer, but if you plan to do primarily word processing you should be OK with 512 but I wouldn't go less than that.  That being said, I would not get 2X256 because if you want to upgrade there is no way without taking out a stick and replacing it.

An 80 GB HD is not that big anymore, and 5400 RPM is the bare minimum I would get.

You may want a CD-RW drive to transfer data.  Floppies are dead.

If you want wireless networking, you have to get a 802.11b/g card.  You can add it via PCMCIA but it will be slower and more expensive.  I recommend Bluetooth as well for newer wireless peripherals.

Battery, hmm...If you will be plugging in wherever you go, get the cheapest option.  If not, you have to figure out what balance of capacity vs weight and price works for you.

I'll disagree because he wants it very simple and very cheap.  The processor may be worth it, but probably not.
RAM, unless you buy more and install it yourself (this depends on how motivated and techie friendly you are) isn't worth upgrading (although I'd advise 1 GB RAM before the processor probably).
80 GB and the faster spinning is probably not worth it either, 60 GB should be fine unless you are downloading crazy movies etc.  Even whole books online won't be much more than a few hundred MB.
I think either a 12-cell battery, or an extra 12-cell battery (a little more but it means you will have 2 batteries instead of one just in case) is probably worth it just in case your classroom doesn't have outlets, or you study on the go and don't have an outlet.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: What is Appropriate Law School Attire?
« on: June 16, 2006, 01:06:46 AM »
I don't know what I'd do without posts like these.  God bless you.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: June 16, 2006, 12:21:51 AM »
I don't know if this question has been asked yet, but has anyone ever bought a laptop off Ebay?

It would be hard to get me to recommend one of those...

Computers are one of those things that are kinda unsafe to buy from an unknown buyer...ESPECIALLY if you don't know enough about them....

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